Call to pause, Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays!  Besides the yummy food, desserts, beautifully set tables and wild and fun games played at family gatherings, OH and FOOTBALL!  I so appreciate the call to pause.  Pause and reflect.  Reflect on the goodness of God.  There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

The Psalmist penned so eloquently, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High”  Ps 92:1

Paul wrote while under Roman guard, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with  thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –  Phil 4:6 (emphasis mine)  He continues with his directness about our approach to God and God stuff, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thess 5:16-18Thank you in gold

There is yet another portion of scripture that speaks loudly to thanksgiving, but I doubt we will ever see its words printed in gold leaf across a Hallmark card, though worthy of even more.

We turn to Luke chapter 17, verses 11-19. In short, Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem, ten men with leprosy call out, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” The narrative says Jesus saw them, healing them, tells them  “go show yourselves to the priest.” They all left, never to be seen again.

But ONE. One came back, throwing himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him for his healing. Verses 15,16 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him…”  He wasnt quiet about it./>

Jesus’ response, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? WOW! OH, that I would be so very careful to pause, come and throw myself at Jesus’ feet … always. I have made so many stupid mistakes, wandered here and there.  But Jesus is always there!  There for me to throw myself at His feet. THANKSGIVING!

Jesus tells the ‘one’ who thanked Him, ‘arise, go – your faith has made you whole.’  This ‘whole’ is sozo (in the Greek) – meaning not ONLY a physical healing, but conveying protection, to heal both physically and spiritually, to bring safely through, to justify.  The opposite of this you ask?   To BANISH!  In addition, making this SO amazing, this one man was a Samaritan.  The Samaritans were treated rather discriminatingly, they were considered ‘half breeds’ and not really worthy of folks’ time.  Now a Jew, a Jewish LORD has not banished him, but healed him.  He KNEW!  He thanked!

Principle we pull forward?  Thanksgiving will lead us to wholeness!  Jesus wants us to pause, take notice, come back and thank Him.  Have some of us ran off with no hesitation, or are we so busy that we fail to take notice of His goodness.  Or do some of us need to pause and come back, back to the feet of Jesus. Be the one!

Call to pause, thanksgiving. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD.”

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

Trained Sight

Do you see anything

“Do you see anything?” A Stereogram.  You know, those funny posters that cause us to pause and ultimately cross our eyes with hopes of seeing the picture.  Once you train your eyes to see it, it’s easy to see. Trained sight. [Note: the answer to what is in the picture is at the bottom of this devotion, you have to read ALL the way down.]

Recently, Mark my beloved and I were asked to take the night of teaching at our Marrieds Group while our faithful leaders were enjoying some much-needed time away and relaxing.  We opened with Mark carrying around a tray of multiple small household items, (i.e. car keys, black electrical tape, screw driver, ballpoint pen, nail polish etc – etc) each participant was asked, “See what is in front of you, remember it, learn it.”  Each person was to later write down what they saw in front of them. This game sound familiar?  Some have played a variation of this at Baby Showers.  However, as Mark left the room, (and the folks wrote their answers) I asked them to refer to their list and see how close they came. I began …”What color shirt was Mark wearing?”  “Does he wear glasses… does he have a beard … tennis shoes or cowboy boots?”  Groanings and “Oh man!” was now being heard among the couple dozen folks.  The instructions were, “See what is in front of you, remember it, learn it.”

The Lord has been showing me, that often we don’t ‘see’ what is right in front of us, we are busy seeing what ‘WE’ think is important, (read that again: ‘We see what WE think is important’) Observation is HUGE, being aware is valuable, wisdom and training is a must.  Remember the repeated intimate greeting in the movie, Avatar, “I see you.”  Oh that we would SEE! See our loved ones, with observation and awareness. Lord, train us with YOUR wisdom… to see.

I was taken to the book of Mark, (sharing with the group) chapter 8, to set the context: A few folks approached Jesus and the disciples,  begging Jesus

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to heal their friend who was blind. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and took him out of the village. “When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”  (verses 23-25) Amazing story, nothing like Holy DNA in your eyes!

When Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He basically asked him if he had the ability to see, do you have your SIGHT?  The man replied that he could see, but it was blurry.  So Jesus again put His hands on him and the man could now see clearly.  NOT just the ability to see, but see in DETAIL.  The word used to describe his sight, he saw everything ‘clearly‘, means he now had enough information to contemplate and consider, to think about (something or someone) carefully, especially in order to make a choice or decision. Jesus didn’t leave him with JUST the ability to see, He wanted him to have MORE! More to see beyond what was just in front of him ‘People, as if trees walking around.” He NEEDED to see more.

Narrowing this down to our lives, unpacking down to even our relationships, “How do we see?”  How do we see our spouses and those closest to us.  Are they a bit blurry.  Do we seek to see in detail?  (metaphorically speaking).

I asked Mark to share with the group a few things he had seen in me, observed over the last couple of years, “You are far more creative than analytical, I am the opposite. You like variety: You don’t like to watch two episodes of the same show in a row, your coffee or cocoa needs to be different each day, I drink my coffee the same everyday, just black.”  He continues, “If you feel you should know how to do something or can figure it out, I need to be careful about trying to jump in and help you right away, it may only frustrate you.”  Hm… I might add, GREAT sight!

Often to fully understand something, it helps to look at what it is NOT, at the opposite. The opposite of what Mark narrated about the blind man seeing ‘clearly’ (in reference to this in the Greek) ‘paratheoreo’ it is to overlook, disregard or neglect.  Here’s the kicker, ‘to be CARELESS with the information received.’  Yup, BLIND!  But it is more, it is in the response. Using this, how would it be if my loving husband were ‘careless’ with the information he observed about me, if he neglected and discarded it as useless. WOW!  ‘Seeing’ is not only gathering information (observation) but valuing it as worthwhile to address and take action accordingly.  This screams, “I love you, I value you!”  Make sense?

Once we gather this ‘seeing’ information about our loved one, (my observation of my husband) “Hm… he is very quiet when I ask him a question about doing something”  Long pause on his end. I to pause and Open my eyesask God for wisdom, “If any lacks wisdom he should ask of God who gives generously to all.”  – James 1:5  Wisdom, ‘inviting the practical application of my God into my very moment’ (DeDe’s definition)  Not disregarding that I have noticed that if I push him for an answer or neglect that he is a ‘Thinker’ and thinks things through quietly and solidly, I would indeed be careless and overlook him for my own agenda.  Wise sight.

The author of Psalms 119 wrote, “… train me well in Your deep wisdom.  Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder Your miracle-wonders.” (verses 26-27)  Further on, “Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living Your way.  Before I learned to answer You, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with Your word.  You are good, and the source of good, train me in Your goodness.” (verses 66-68 The Message, emphasis mine)

Jesus may have to take us by the hand and take us out, to help us see, like He did the blind man. He may have to lay His hands on us more than once, to open our eyes, see clearly and heal us.  Healed sight.

Like the Stereogram above, it may be blurry, but may we ask God to help us see, see our spouses with understanding and insight.  May we have Wise sight.  When God shows us things, wise things, allow Him to train us in ‘good common sense’ (love that) how to apply what we have learned.  Trained sight.

Lord, help us to see our loved ones.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

Pssst… the hidden picture above in the stereogram, is three crosses over the empty tomb of Jesus.  Oh and Mark was wearing a long-sleeve blue shirt, he does wear glasses, has a goatee and had on neither tennis shoes or boots, but brown casual dress shoes.






When Life Gets Stupid

When life gets stupid pinned sticky

I heard a quote yesterday that I thought was SOOO good, I wrote it down, (though short enough to remember). I wanted to jot it in the back of my bible, (but I haven’t yet). I think it is good enough to place on the frig as a daily reminder, (so I will).

The quote? “When life gets stupid”.  Isn’t THAT so stinkin true! Life just gets crazy stupid at times, with family, friends, church, ministry, chores, phone calls, emails, grocery shopping, work, PLANNING DINNER … on and on the list goes!  Oh I HAVE to add dusting.  Since I don’t do it often, I feel better that it even made the list!

Albert Einstein, known not only for his genius status, but one who ‘called it like it is’, was quoted as saying, “Two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity… and I’m not sure about the universe.”  When Life gets stupid.

I thought about this throughout the day yesterday. Hm, when life does get hectic and messy, often our WorkingMomBadgeresponses reach for stupidity. You know, when we completely lack any form of intelligence or flippantly forget to grasp common sense, we just… take off running (in ALL directions) and accomplish practically nothing in the process. And perhaps that stupidity takes its liberty, and brings along a dear friend whose name is Chaos.   WHAT do I do with it (them) stupidity and chaos?  How do I take pause and prioritize?

The answer? Wisdom! That ‘w’ word. Webster defines wisdom as ‘The quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgement.’  I like to break it down to even simpler terms, ‘inviting the practical application of my God into my very moment.’ I think James must have had a few of these days, he says ‘those of you who lack wisdom ASK …’ (1:5)   He goes on to say “Ask the lady at the check out stand.”  Um, NO!  Ask your very best buddy? Again, NO!  “Ask GOD!”  God, who gives generously.  There WILL be days that we NEED to tap into this sillygenerous offer. God will show us by His Spirit and in His word skills in the affairs of life, wise and insightful paths.  He will give moral understanding and offer practical application, the Biblical definition of this wisdom James speak of.  If you are like me, you need step-by-step instruction to dig yourself out. He will do THAT!  If you lack insight, the skills needed in the moment, understanding and by golly HOW to apply all this God stuff…ask.  “God WHAT is it You want in this very moment?” HOW am I to respond, give me the words and the plan, show me what is most important right now”  He is the God of our now! Take just a brief breath to exhale this as well (go for the extra measure) “WHY are my motives important … WHERE should Your name be placed?”  May I boldly offer, when/while asking this of God, put the bat down, the one you are beating yourself with.  He is loving, He will answer.  Just make sure you listen with followup obedience when He speaks to you.  “Wisdom begins with a proper understanding of who God is and who we are not.”  – Andy Stanley (emphasis mine) We need to listen.

When life gets stupid?  Remember, pause, ask God. Wisdom.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

A Changed Breath

Change the whole world

Have you ever held a fluffy dandelion and gently blown, watching the seeds take flight, captured by a breeze and float away?  It has a technical name of Wind Dispersal, I call it childlike fun, a gentle wind caused by my own breath.  Sewing seeds.

Not all seed casting can be gentle, often some are thrown with extreme strength, thrusting the seed out, smattering with scattered force. Paints a violent picture does it not.  This is where Saul (also known as Paul) was found in Acts chapters 8 and 9.  Saul lands on the pages of scripture in this same violent force, he is first seen holding the jackets of those stoning Stephen, accepting and participating. A few verses later,  “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.  He went to the high priests and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners…”  (Acts 9: 1,2 emphasis mine) Saul breathed out murderous threats.  THAT is some really bad, icky wicked breath!  These threats weren’t just being mean, the word Luke uses to describe Saul, shares strong ATTITUDE.  Saul, being a highly educated ‘religious’ man,  was treating Jesus followers  in contempt, regarding them as inferior and worthless.  His breath was that of severe reproach, fault-finding on petty matters.  Sewing seeds.  BAD seeds.  Harmful, painful seeds.

I often find the Lord’s responses extremely humorous, Saul was heading to Damascus to ‘Get those Jesus followers!” Instead, Jesus intercepts.  Gotta love Jesus interceptions!  In short, Paul is DRAMATICALLY saved, he has seen the light! What mercy, what grace!  What love on God’s part. Taking a step back and looking at Paul’s life, he had a change of breath.  His once condemning threats have turned to, he writes: “Paul, an apostle, sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead … To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Gal. 1-5)  He continues to greet those in Rome, Corinth and Ephesus, Philippi and Colosse in the same manner, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father.”   What transformation!  His change of breath helped change the world.  From reproach to praise.  From scolding to encouraging.  From death to life.  You would never conceive the same wicked threatening man would pen “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. ” – Eph. 4:29

May we consider applying to our own lives a change of breath. How are our words, actions and attitudes sewing? Do we like as Saul once did, regard others as inferior or worthless.  Does our attitude scream contempt?  Or does our whispered words float on mean breezes. Do we need a Jesus interception – perhaps AGAIN! Yes, we are saved but need Him in our face!  (Just sayin it like it is)

May we sew God loving, grace ministering seeds.

A changed breath.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

Redefining the Season

Redfining the season

September, October and November. Ah…  I love the Fall season.  The weather changes from the thick warm air to the now wrap yourself in your favorite quilt.  With the changing of the season comes the changing of routine.  Vacations have taken their place in fond memories, the kids again are finding the big yellow bus, and coffee seems to again take on a priority of the cool mornings.  Season and change have somewhat of a synonymous meaning.

Certain seasons bring with them familiarity, habits and patterns.  For years my summer months consisted of preparing, studying and researching for the upcoming launch of the Fall Womens Bible Study. As the Leader, I gathered and met with my team of women, sent out the postcard invitations to the women of the church, then on that September fall morning with Bible and notebook in hand, and a message on my heart, I stood welcoming some 40 gals as they bustled in all cheery eyed, hugging amongst all as if the reunion could not be soon enough. For the next few months, we studied, prayed, laughed, cried and grew in our love for God together.  Seasons.

Often with the change of season comes an entangled set of habits or life patterns.  Some of course are a necessity, running out the door as we drop off the kids to practice, battle traffic to get to work.  However, (let us take pause) there may be life patterns (not so good and no so healthy) that have the OPTION of change.  “Hm… we have an ‘option?’  But I’ve always done it this way, this is all I know. This is WHO I am. This is familiar.”  We self define and define the season. May I boldly say, “We are too COMFORTABLE here.”  If you would allow me, (whilst the kids are now safely on the bus, morning duties completed, and it’s just you and I.) Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds to His gentle whisper.  Are there thought patterns or a heart condition that need to be addressed? Is THIS the season to address them?

Recently looking at Paul’s words to the folks in Philippi (chapter 4) he speaks to anxiety and prayer, God’s peace, having a gentle spirit and joy.  He then pens those words… you know the ones where he commissions us Keep your mindto basically get our mental act together:  “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell (think) on these things.” – verse 8 (emphasis mine)  The last couple of days I have looked at what it is to ‘think’ about stuff.  Stuff.. all stuff. I came across a very interesting word in the Greek, ‘eunoia’ (yoo-noy-ah) meaning, ‘wholeheartedness, enthusiasm, eagerness’.  But it is much more, in short, (trust me, I’m being SHORT) eunoia is well minded or beautiful thinking. It can also mean ‘to agree’. How/what are we ‘thinking?’  Are they beautiful thoughts?   Are they true, right and pure? Are they God thoughts, are we ‘agreeing’ with Him? Do we have thought patterns that NEED some changing? Now is the time.

Solomon spoke to seasonal changing as well:

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time (season)for every event under heaven—
A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. ”   – Ecc 3:1-8 NAS

Is it time?  The ‘appointed’ God time. Time to take that hurt that may seem to sit in a priced glass box for others to see, take it out and give it to God, ‘a time to heal.’ Is it time to change the ‘torn apart’ and ‘sew together?’ Is it the season to build up, laugh, dance, to embrace?  Is it time to give birth to something new in your heart?

YOU define the season. Redefining.  The season for change is now. Think on it. Think with your whole heart, enthusiastically and with much eagerness. If this is a season to ‘prepare’ for the next, then …prepare.

Father, we invite You, come and invade our thoughts, just as King David said, “O Lord You have searched me and You know me, You know when I sit and when I rise, You perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down, You are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely.*”  You know us. Grace us with desire to change, the insight to see and the wisdom to do it.  We are Yours.  In the most powerful and precious name of Jesus.”

Redefining the season. Just like Michael Jordan redefined the jump shot, YOU redefine this season, from mourning to laughter.

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In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

*Psalm 139:1-4

The Picture of Understanding

Heeping coals
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The Chinese proverb speaks to the image put in front of us, but how about when no actual image is offered, just mere words.  Words that cause your mind to paint the picture.
When teaching Hermeneutics a few years ago, we took a sharp look at the ‘culture’ to help determine the possible meaning behind ‘pictoral wording’, the example used was, “Heap burning coals on his head…” 
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Ro. 12:17-21 (emphasis mine)
Not only was Paul painting a dandy of a picture, but speaking directly to the culture of that day, while quoting Proverbs 25: 21-22.  WAIT, this is getting good, keep reading:  Fire was HUGE!  For warmth and cooking, when ones ‘fire went out’, (and out of burning material) well …not a good thing.  These folks would travel distances to their neighbor to get more live burning coals.  If the neighbor was generous and full of kindness, they would not just place a few hot coals in the pottery container, but HEAP the pot full.  The person would then place a cloth on their head, putting the container there as well and carry it home that way, as was the custom of eastern culture. Reading the verse with this in mind, has the potential of ‘seeing’ it differently, then just our “YES!  Get the dude back and burn his head!”
If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (vss 20,21)
In doing so, you meet the need of the person, you go big and beyond.  Blessing them.  Now YOU are not playing the game …. rather… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
A picture of understanding.
In Him, DeDe  (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

Missing Element


Recently a dear friend passed on to me a question asked of her and invited me to chew on it a bit and let her know what I came up with.  A co-worker has been struggling with Matthew 6, where Jesus exhorts us NOT to worry about food and clothing.  In context to this portion of scripture, lies her mindset, “If God is concerned about the ‘little stuff’  (food /clothing v. 24-34) and being ALL knowing, All powerful, then why … why does bad things happen to good people?”  Where is God in it all?   THIS is an age old struggle.  One that I have set in the middle of the room and walked around it many times, sitting and pondering, get up and walk around it again. (if you will) With one resolve, I concluded… God is still GOOD.

First before we step down, and take off running, Jesus isn’t necessarily speaking to need for food and clothing, He is addressing our focus, the energy it takes.  He continues with, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”  (v. 32b-33) Look to God, go to Him.  SPEND yourself, spend your energy pursuing Him and His Stuff, FIRST.

The world is full of heartache, pain and suffering.  Murder, rape, theft, decease and abuse … the list is vast is it not!  “Why do bad things happen to good people?” In my research to offer some kind of an answer, I came across an

Depressed little girl

Depressed little girl

article written by Jewish Rabbi, Aron Moss. His words spoke volumes to me, rather than trying to summarize them, he has this to say:

“Why bad things happen to good people?”  If this ultimate question were answered, then we would be able to make peace with the suffering of innocents. And that is unthinkable. Worse than innocent people suffering is others watching their suffering unmoved. (read THAT again!) And that’s exactly what would happen if we were to understand why innocents suffer. We would no longer be bothered by their cry, we would no longer feel their pain, because we would understand why it is happening.

Imagine you are in a hospital and you hear a woman screaming with pain. Outside her room, her family is standing around chatting, all smiling and happy. You scream at them, “What’s wrong with you? Can’t you hear how much pain she is in?” They answer, “This is the delivery ward. She is having a baby. Of course we are happy.”

When you have an explanation, pain doesn’t seem so bad anymore. We can tolerate suffering when we know why it is happening.

And so, if we could make sense of innocent people suffering, if we could rationalize tragedy, then we could live with it. We would be able to hear the cry of sweet children in pain and not be horrified. We would tolerate seeing broken hearts and shattered lives, for we would be able to neatly explain them away. Our question would be answered, and we could move on.

But as long as the pain of innocents remains a burning question, we are bothered by its existence. And as long as we can’t explain pain, we must alleviate it. If innocent people suffering does not fit into our worldview, we must eradicate it. Rather than justifying their pain, we need to get rid of it.

reaching to helpSo keep asking the question, why do bad things happen to good people. But stop looking for answers. Start formulating a response. Take your righteous anger and turn it into a force for doing good. Redirect your frustration with injustice and unfairness and channel it into a drive to fight injustice and unfairness. Let your outrage propel you into action. When you see innocent people suffering, help them. Combat the pain in the world with goodness. Alleviate suffering wherever you can.

We don’t want answers, we don’t want explanations, and we don’t want closure. We want an end to suffering. And we dare not leave it up to G-d to alleviate suffering. He is waiting for us to do it. That’s what we are here for.”  (emphasis mine)  — Thank you Rabbi Aron.

Working through this these last couple of weeks, I was amazed when sitting in church, the guest speaker, a missionary in the Philippines by the name of Mark, stood before us. With a transparency that had us all leaning forward eager to hear, he shared what was for me, the missing element to my quest.  He bluntly, yet so tenderly stated, “It is not WHY, we should ask, but … ‘WHAT?’  From there, I got my own little sermon whispered in my ear from the Holy Spirit.  “What Lord do You want me to do now… What do You want me to learn … What part do I have in this?”

“Why?”  Tends to just seek an answer, “What?” Can lend to ACTION! “What do I ‘DO’, what do I ‘learn.’ Heartache and pain, does indeed generate the ‘whys’, let’s do our best to generate action, with a WHAT!

I do not know if this answers the question for this gal, yet I do know for myself, it helps me to remember to continue to spend my energy on seeking God and God stuff.  Challenging me,  being aware of my God starts when I learn and accept the limitations of my own self-sufficiency.  Where is God?  He is … in ME!  He desires to use me.  Use me to help reduce someone’s pain, remove the suffering.  Also, that we live in a fallen world, where fallen and sinful humans dwell, where bad things happen.  But God.

I will leave us with, “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who YOU are” ( Harold S. Kushner) I will add, because of ‘Whose’ you are.  We are children of the Most High King, now go…

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)



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